Number of Flu Cases Reported in North Texas Down

Fewer North Texans have been diagnosed with the flu in 2015 compared to previous years.

This time last year, Dallas County had 1,151 reported cases of the flu. So far this year, only 16 cases have been reported. Officials said only 1.2 percent of tests in Dallas County returned positive at this point, compared to 1.6 percent nationally.

In Tarrant County, the percentage of influenza-like illness in Tarrant County is down to 2.1 percent, below the baseline of 3.8 percent. Health officials said it's too early to know exactly why the numbers are so low.

Despite the low numbers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Texas is actually one of 10 states with the highest flu activity.

Doctors told NBC 5 they expect to see a flu spike sometime before March.

NBC 5's Ellen Bryan contributed to this report.

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